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Rates of Serious Workplace Injuries Vary Widely by State, Allsup Reports in New Nationwide Study
Date:7/11/2013

ippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island and South Dakota. However, Ohio recently received a grant to begin participating in the BLS survey. See ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/time.series/ii/ii.txt for more information about these data.

Injury Rates & Social Security Disability Insurance
More than 1 million U.S. workers each year experience an injury that causes them to miss a day or more of work. A recent report from the Social Security Administration’s Office of Retirement and Disability Policy used statistical sampling to identify injuries as the sixth-leading cause of SSDI claims.

Many claims not filed as injuries involve conditions that can be job related. For example, musculoskeletal conditions make up the largest category of SSDI claims. This group includes impairments such as degenerative back disorders that can be caused or exacerbated by work and severely hamper an individual’s ability to find a new source of employment.

“The injury issue takes on new importance in light of our aging population and the fact that the trust fund supporting SSDI is projected to reach insolvency in just three years,” said David Bueltemann, manager of senior claimant representatives at Allsup. “Allsup’s report should be eye opening for policymakers, workplace safety advocates and Americ
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